Upside Down

Maps are heavily featured in our daily newspapers and online news. Updates on the Covid 19 virus focus maps on whether borders are open or closed and show which towns and regions are affected by the virus.  We are studying maps more closely and thinking about travel in a completely different way with the unknown variables of the virus. One thing that we do know is that people are being more cautious about booking holidays for the next few months, concerned about last minute cancellations or being stuck abroad in quarantine their focus in transferring to home turf.

While many may be disappointed not to head abroad for their holidays this year there could be a way to flip it round. After all, it’s how we think about things that frame our minds.  Let’s take a look at the Hobo-Dyer Projection World Map below and see how differently we see things. 



Widely used in educational and business circles, the South-Up Hobo-Dyer Projection chose to put the South up at the top of the map and North at the bottom, and why not? Who is to say which one is the correct way? Some of the first known world maps South at the top as a matter of course. In 1154 Muhammas al-Idrisi drew a south-up map of Europe, Asia and northern Africa for his book The Tabula Rogeriana showing the Arabian Peninsula in the centre of the map point upwards rather than downwards.  



How about our own countries, when was the last time you examined a map of your area closely? Do you always choose to go to the same places on holiday? Would you like to revisit a place from your childhood that brings back memories of sandy filled meat paste sandwiches and 99 ice creams?

Many chose to spend their holidays in their home countries, the UK hundreds of families descend on Devon and Cornwall pulled in by the sandy beaches and beautiful coastline.  The Lake District attracts walkers year round, despite its often damp weather, the stories of Wainwrights walks lure people in to experience the same peace and tranquility. Pembrokeshire, Norfolk and the borders. 


North or South? Whichever way you look at things, a map can help you to discover new places and explore old ones. Perhaps, a holiday in the UK will be an opportunity that may surprise and delight.